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The Right to Vote
Did you know that the U. S. Constitution did not originally define who had the right to vote? It deferred that decision to each state. As you can imagine, this created much confusion. Many states only allowed Caucasian male property owners the franchise. Some allowed Caucasian males with taxable income to vote. New Jersey even allowed women to vote if they met the property requirement. In some places freed slaves and non-white Americans were allowed to vote, if they met the property requirement. Many states and local jurisdictions started requiring poll taxes be paid to vote and literacy tests passed. By the time of the Civil War, most white males were allowed to vote whether they owned property or not. By not clearly defining the right to vote, the framers of the Constitution created chaos. Many citizens were kept from voting because they were deemed to be "undesirable".
- Written by Bannerite
Car Crash TV: Nomination of Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh Associate Justice of SCOTUS
It was as if the Senate Committee on the Judiciary were actively collaborating to boost its television ratings.
Right out of the gate, Senator Blumenthal called for an adjournment so that the members of the committee could have time to evaluate the 42,000 pages of Judge Kavanaugh’s documents that had been dumped on them at 11 pm the previous night.
Chairman Grassley bulldozed right over him, talking over Senators Booker, Harris, Hirono, and Klobuchar as they reinforced Senator Blumenthal’s position. A motion to adjourn was proposed and seconded. Chair and Sen. Blumenthal exchanged respectful banter over whether the committee was even eligible to take a roll call on the motion when it was not in executive session.
As the banter continued, the members in our Twitter chat room were thrilled. The Dems were putting up a fierce fight, and it was quality television. To my question, “is the F-bomb permitted here?” the answer was, “Permitted? It’s compulsory!”
- Written by Bellatrixx2018
Republicans in Washington Continue Attack on Hard-Working Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions While Neglecting The People's Priorities
DEMOCRATS ARE #ForThePeople The American people know Trump and Republicans in Washington are relentlessly ransacking the futures of American families and seniors -- all to further enrich their lobbyist and special interest friends, big corporations and the wealthiest one percent. From health care, to taxes, to good-paying jobs, to critical consumer protections, Trump and the Republican Congress are selling out the American people at every turn.
Democrats must be ready to drive home our case to the American people about how a Democratic Majority will fight For The People, by lowering health care costs and prescription drug prices; increasing pay through strong economic growth by rebuilding America; and cleaning up corruption to make Washington work for the American people. We will continue to work on the people's priorities and deliver! We must also take action to protect Dreamers and to advance gun violence prevention; two key priorities for Democrats that have overwhelming support across America.
- Written by Teela
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